Donald Cleavenger, age 84, a resident of Route 1, Volga, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Broaddus Hospital emergency room.
He was born May 29, 1928, in Barbour County, a son of the late Gerald and Ada Bernice (Mouser) Cleavenger.
Donald was twice married, first, on Jan. 13, 1951, to Joan Marie "Jenny" (Mather) Cleavenger, who preceded him in death on May 21, 1977, and second, on Nov. 24, 1979, to Gretchen (Wegman) Cleavenger, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Sue Trotter of Michigan, and Kathleen M. Cleavenger of Volga; five stepdaughters, Deborah M. Keefe and husband, Gerald, of Tewksbury, Mass., and Melanie Bennett and husband, Ernest, of New Mexico, M. Christine Rosenau and husband, Michael, of Parsons, Mary Elizabeth Sharp of Mabie and Barbara E. Lakatos and husband, Steve, of Marshfield, Mass.; four sons: Richard Lee Cleavenger and wife, Mary Anne, of Philippi, Randall Lynn Cleavenger and wife, Janice, of Volga, Gary Wayne Cleavenger and wife, Alice "Bunny," of Belington and Glenn William Cleavenger and wife, Patricia, of Century No. 1; three stepsons, Thomas Guire and wife, Ann, of Mabie, Kevin M. Guire and wife, Donna, of Atwater, Ohio, and Stephen Guire and wife, Sondera, of Buckhannon; and 52 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and nine great great-grandchildren
Donald was preceded in death by one daughter, Kelly C. Morse; and close friends, Dane and Kathleen Moore.
Donald retired from Barbour County School with 36 years of service as an educator and principal. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Donald was a co-founder of the North Central Community Action, he was instrumental in starting the hot lunches at the Stonecoal one-room school. He was past director of transportation for Barbour County Schools and past member of Philippi Kiwanis's Club. Donald loved hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. He was an active member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church having served as parish council president. He was loved and revered by all that knew him. He considered all his co-workers and students as extended family.
Donald was a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College and received his master's degree from West Virginia University.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Vigil Wake Service will be observed at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday from 8 to 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Fr. Jim O'Connor as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mary's Chapel Cemetery with military honors being accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cleavenger Scholarship Fund, at BC Bank, P.O. Box 370, Philippi, WV 26416. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.